New York – On Wednesday night, the SIRIO Ristorante Grand Opening at The Pierre Hotel on 5th Ave in Manhattan was not to be missed. The over-the-top Maccioni affair, hosted by Sirio and sons Mario, Marco, Mauro and Raymond Bickson, Managing Director and CEO of Taj Hotel Group, included Mayor Michael Bloomberg, music legend Tony Bennett, Martha Stewart, Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, Real Housewife of New York Ramona Singer, famed architect Richard Meier, Hollywood heavyweight Marty Bregman, Ivana Trump, nightlife queen Amy Sacco, designer Dennis Basso, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and former Canadian Ambassador Kenneth Taylor (portrayed by Victor Garber in the hit film Argo) who helped six Americans escape Iran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.
Guests sipped on Solerno Blood Orange Bellini’s, Sirio wines, Purity Vodka and Del Bosco Prosecco; and enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres by Executive Chef Filippo Gozzoli including Risotto allo Safferano (Saffron Risotto), Mini Tuna Tartare, Spiedino Caprese (Mini Caprese Salad Sticks), Crocchette di Zucca (Pumpkin Croquette), Tartina Integrale al Salmone e Caviale (Smoked Salmon Canape with Caviar on Seven Grain Bread), Mondeghili (Fried Meatball) and Bruschetta Pomodoro Melanzane Confit e Basilica (Tomato Eggplant and Basil Bruschetta).
1 part Solerno
2 parts blood orange puree or juice
3 parts Prosecco or other dry, sparkling wine
Shake the Solerno and blood orange in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Fine strain into a Champagne flute and fill with the Prosecco or other dry, sparkling wine. No garnish. (Can also be made with 5 parts Prosecco and 1 part Solerno if no puree or juice is available.)